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Why is Botswana Africa's premier safari destination?
Insights from the True Luxury Travel Botswana specialists
The Botswana Safari Experience
Botswana is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations, offering an exceptional variation of wildlife and landscapes. The country is home to the largest private concessions on the continent and offers some of the most exclusive wildlife experiences to visitors. The Okavango Delta is widely considered to be Southern Africa's premier safari destination and the experience of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans contrasts that in spectacular style.
Whether it's your first or your fiftieth African safari, there is little doubt that with the right selection of lodges in areas appropriate to the season of travel, you will leave this Southern African country having enjoyed an unforgetable safari experience.
Within the wild safari areas of Botswana you will find some of the most iconic and luxurious properties in Africa. There's a great range in the interpretation of the word luxury. For some it's cutting edge design, vast suites, butlers and private pools - Duba Plains. For others it's simplicity and exclusivity with old school style - Barclay & Stenner Safaris - whatever your interpretation of the word, we are committed to ensuring that luxury is incorporated into your safari experience.
Botswana can be compared to France in size, but with a population of just 2 million people it is one of the least populated country's on Earth. The safari areas cover endless Kalahari plains and grasslands, salt pan systems the size of Switzerland, watery wonderlands, great rivers and dense mopane forests. This variety of habitats results in a unrivalled diversity of wildlife.
The variety of habitat is added to by the great difference between the cooler dry months between May and June to the high heat but great game viewing of October through to the wetter and more humid period from November through to April.
Seemingly simple at first glance, Botswana is a complex place and needs to be well understood. This is where the True Luxury Travel team pulls on their in-depth understanding of this Southern African destination in order to plan a bespoke itinerary based on your brief rather than one that's already pre-planned and might not be applicable to what you are looking for.
Give one of our Botswana specialists a call to talk through your plans and let us help steer you in the right direction.
Suggested Itineraries for your Botswana safari
Just some of our favourite combinations
Classic Okavango Explorer
- A classic combination of two lodges in the Okavango Delta
- $1,000 per person per night is an approximate entry guide price for travel in high season to Botswana
- Mapula Lodge (Okavango Delta) & Sable Alley (Khwai Private Reserve)
Experiencing Botswana's Variety
- An extended Botswana safari taking in the variety on offer - Okavango, Linyanti and Makgadikgadi
- From $7,500 per person for a 10 night safari across three destinations
- Kanana Camp (Okavango), Kwando Lagoon (LInyanti) & Camp Kalahari (Makgadikgadi)
Luxurious Botswana Safari Experience and Victoria Falls
- Focus on Botswana's premier lodges in the most iconic areas over a two week safari and ensure a truly mind-blowing experience
- From $17,000 per person for a two week safari on an all inclusive basis
- Duba Plains Camp (Okavango Delta), Jack's Camp (Makgadikgadi), Kings Pool (Linyanti) and Tongabezi (Upper Zambezi)
Some varied highlights of Botswana
An incredible country offering enormous variety
The Okavango Delta is Botswana's best know safari region. This vast inland Delta covers a great area of northern Botswana and takes many forms across the seasons. Grassy floodplains are bisected by deep permanent channels. Seasonally the Okavango floods as rain water eventually arrives having fallen in the Angolan Highlands many months earlier. The Delta is iconic for its beauty and the volume of wildlife found there. Each different area within what is termed the Okavango offers a subtly different experience. High quality guides and the right choice of location is key, that's where the True Luxury Travel team of experts comes in.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pans
Covering an area the size of Switzerland, the Makgadikgadi is an extraordinary area of Botswana and is well worth including in your safari itinerary. Nowhere are the seasons more dramatically different. The dry season allows exploration of this vast other-wordly area, but only with expert guides accompanying you. When the rains arrive, what was hard flat salt-pan becomes a vast saline lake, complete with flamingoes, pelicans and with the rich grasses present during this season come Africa's second largest migration of zebra and wildebeest. Add Kalahari Lions - Africa's largest and most regal, San Bushmen, baobabs, meerkats, quad-bikes, unique and stylish tented camps and you have an astonishing safari destination.
Central Kalahari Game Reserve
This huge protected area covers 52,000 square kilometres, making it the largest wildlife sanctuary in Botswana and second largest on Earth. This remote and vast reserve gives the visitor the sense of endless and uninterrupted space. Over the dry winter months the wildlife is well spread across the area making it harder to find but worth putting the work in - tracking and patience often pays off! When the rains come and the grasses get up to waist height the valleys fill with herds of eland, oryx, springbok and other Kalahari specialists. With the antelope come the predators - hunting coalitions of cheetah are a common sight, thick necked leopards can weight up to 80kg making them the biggest in Africa. But above all the black-maned Kalahari lion are the masters of this environment. This is a very special area, one to approach with good advice from your True Luxury Travel expert to ensure you travel at the right time of year and enjoy the best possible experience.
Chobe River and National Park
The Chobe River runs from west to east to form the natural border between Namibia and Botswana in the north east of the country until it flows into the Zambezi River at Kazungula. From here it flows approximately 50 kilometres before plunging over the natural wonder that is the Victoria Falls. Chobe is one of the most visited areas of the country, ease of access, volume of wildlife, larger and less expensive lodges all contribute to make this a popular safari destination. Chobe should be approached with caution so as to avoid the crowds, a careful choice of lodge and location depending on the season is key to getting the best experience from your safari here.
Linyanti, Selinda Spillway and the Savute
Three areas forming the bridge between the Okavango and Chobe which between them encompass an incredibly diverse range of habitats. Floodplains, swamps, dense forest, arid acacia brush, deep channels and wide rivers all combine together to create a complex web that's home to an extraordinary density of wildlife. Hunting wild dog, vast elephant herds, sable and roan antelope in the woodland, large prides of lion and the ever present hyena clans are all highlights of this area. Again, as with all of Botswana this area offers very different experiences from one season to the next so it is key you approach this area with informed advice from your destination specialist at True Luxury Travel.